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fi&NEfi/a LiBR.'vaY or the perfgrming arts 

111 AMSTEKDAN AVEttUE 



jitnuaiiiait Dances 



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oi that JNationality, where t/iey^ 

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DE vS C RIP T I OTNTS 
BY 

Helen RicK 5hipps 

MUSIC ARRANGED 
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CHICAGO 
CLAYTON F. SUMMY CO. 64- E. VAN BUREN ST. 

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Kore^word. 



During^ the past twenty years Lithuanians have been added to the many European 
groups whose representatives have settled in America. Outside of their home province 
in south-eastern Russia, the Lithuanians have in recent times been better known to phil- 
olog-ists than to others because of their use of an ancient Aryan lang-uag-e, which has 
come down to modern times almost unchang^ed. Manufacturers have shown especial in- 
terest in this race as settlers in America because they recog-nize unusual labor values 
in their g^reat frames, powerful muscles and mild dispositions. 

One who has lived several years in a city community colonized larg-ely by Lithu - 
anians, finds that they, like many other new Americans, have to g-ive not only desirable 
qualit4es of citizenship, but social traditions which neither they nor America can afford to 
lose. 

Among- the attractions of their social occasions are the characteristic dances,which 
are simple, wholesome and full of human enjoyment. The writer of the descriptions in 
this book was enabled, throug-h the kindness of many Lithuanian friends to participate in 
these dances and upon evincing- an interest in the music was rewarded by contributions 
from both their concertina and violin players. Old time dancers also g-ave their slig^htly 
varied versions of the character and sequence of the steps. The music and descriptions 
here published represent the information thus acquired . 

In the g-ymnasium of the park recreation building" located in the midst of the above 
mentioned colony, the dances were tested and tried for a period of three years. They 
were found to be very usable both in the g-ymnasium classes and in the less formal play 
periods. The social meeting-s both of the young- and of the older people at the park 
were invariably g-raced by these dances. 

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LITHUANIAN DANCES. 



Siikitiniis . 

(turning dance.) 



1. Couples form a double circle facing- rig-ht, ladies outside, g-entlemen inside. Position as for Schottische. 
Both beg"in with left foot. Dance eig-ht hop polka steps around circle. Measures 1 to 8 inclusive. 

2. Position same as in 1. Gentlemen crosses left foot over right and shifts weight from one foot to the 
other turning- to the left in place. Feet are always raised from the floor with straight knees. ( Sixteen 
changes). Lady at the same time dances around partner with eig-ht hop polka steps. Measures 1 to 8 in- 
clusive. 

NOTE: In part two a hop polka step is sometimes used by gentlemen. 



Descriptions by 

Helen Rich Shipps. 



Music arranged by 

GrERTRUDE Madeira Smith. 



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Polka Koketka 



Couple dance. Danced either with couples in a double cirlce or freely about room. 

1. Measure 1 — Partners in schottische position. Both hands clasped and sligfhtly raised at sides. Both 
touch left heel diag"onally forward hopping at the same time on rig-ht foot. Touch left toe diagonally back- 
ward hopping at the same time on right foot. Measure 2. Lady dances one hop polka step to the left 
crossing diagonally in front of gentlemen who at the same time dances one hop polka step forward . 
Repeat above beginning with right foot. Measures 3 and 4. 

2. Measures 5,6,7, 8 — Left hands free, right hands clasped and raised high. Lady dances four hop 
polka steps, turning away from partner to her own right and, passing under arch formed by raised hands, 
returns to position to repeat dance. While lady turns she moves slightly forward and gentleman dances 
four hop polka steps forward. 



Allegro con spirito . 




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Aiigoneli. 

(THE POPPY) 

This is a folk g-ame representing- the planting" and harvesting" of the poppy. It is played in a circle, 
the leader in the center. Each verse is sung- t\yice. While each verse is being- sung" the first time, the 
players walk about the circle to their left with hands joined. As verse is repeated, the circle chang-es di- 
rection and moves to the rig-ht four measures with stamp on the first beat of measure 1 . Measures 5, 6, 
players stand in place facing- center, leader suits action to the words, players follow him. Measures 7, 
8, all clap hands three times and at the same time turn about in place with four walkingf steps. Measures 
9 to 12 inclusive are the same as measures 5 to 8 inclusive. 

NOTE: It is necessary to have partners in this gfame as the shaking- of the poppy pods (verse 6), is re- 
presented by g-rasping- partner by the shoulders and shaking- three times. 



1. Plant we now the poppy 
In the spring time happy. 
Sow the seed, sow the seed, 
In the spring time happy. 
Sow the seed, sow the seed, 
In the spring time happy. 

4. Withers now the poppy 
In the autumn happy , 
Fall the leaves, fall the leaves, 
In the autumn happy. 
Fall the leaves, fall the leaves, 
In the autumn happy . 



2. Green grows now the poppy 
In the spring time happy , 
Sprout the seed, sprout the seed. 
In the spring time happy. 
Sprout the seed, sprout the seed, 
In the spring time happy . 

5. Soon we pick the poppy 
In the autumn happy, 
Gather pods, gather pods, 
In the autumn happy. 
Gather pods, gather pods. 
In the autumn happy. 

7. Next we eat the poppy 

In the autumn happy, 
"On our bread, on our bread. 
In the autumn happy . 
Eat the seed, eat the seed. 
In the autumn happy. 



3. Taller grows the poppy 
Thro' the summer happy. 
Grow the plants, grow the plants, 
Thro' the summer happy. 
Grow the plants, grow the plants, 
Thro' the summer happy. 

6. Now we shake the poppy 
In the autum happy, 
Shake the pods, shake the pods, 
In the autum happy. 
Shake the pods, shake the pods. 
In the autum happy . 



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Dancers form in sets of fours, all facing" center of square. Ladies opposite, gentlemen opposite. 

1. Ladies hands on hips, g"entlemen arms folded on chest. 
Hop on left foot and place rig"ht foot forward . 

Hop on right foot and place left foct forward . 
(2 counts for each changfe). Measures 1 and 2 . 
Hop on left foot and place rig"ht foot forward. 
Hop on rigfht foot and place left foot forward . 
Hop on left foot and place rig-ht foot forward . 
(1 count for each changfe). Measures 3 and half of measure 4. Rest remainder of measure 4. 

2. All clap hands once. Ladies join rig'ht hands, g-entlemen join rig"ht hands. All circle with seven walk- 
ing- steps. Turn about on seventh step. Measures 1 to 4 inclusive. All clap hands once. Circle in opposite 
direction with left hands joined. Measures 5 to 8 inclusive. 

NOTE: Each time the dance is repeated the music is played more quickly. 



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Kluimpaqtiois 

(FINGER POLKA.) 



Couple dance. Danced freely about room. 

1. Partners in waltz position. Eig-ht hop polka steps. Measures 1 to 8 inclusive. 

2. Partners stand facing" each other. 

Measure 1; Rest. Measure 5 ; Shake rig-ht fing-er three times. 

Measure 2; Stamp three times. Measure 6 ; Shake left fing-er three times. 

Measure 3; Rest. Measure 7, 8 ; Turn in place with four walking- steps. 
Measure 4; Clap hands three times. 



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